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# LaunchApps in Winpeshl.ini not running

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I have searched but I can't seem to find the problem.

I have a custom WinPE 2.x and it boots great, everything works just like it is supposed to except the [LaunchApps] section of my Winpeshl.ini.

All I'm asking it to do is fire off the startnet.cmd file after my bsexploreshell is loaded.

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[LaunchApp]

AppPath = %SYSTEMDRIVE%\bsexploreshell\explorer.exe

[LaunchApps]

cmd /c %systemroot%\System32\Startnet.cmd

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That way I can have the nice GUI shell, and also autorun the wpeinit.exe and any other scripts I add to startnet.

I know that the winpeshl.ini is working part way because my bsexplore shell is working great!

Then I can manually run startnet.cmd and it works fine, but why doesn't it run automagically?

Any help is appreciated.

Maybe its something I just missed.

Thanks

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In launchapps, the commandline options are separated by a ", " from the executable/command.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista...88eb651033.mspx

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I had this problem also, but I switched over to using the startnet.cmd only.

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I tried the following combinations, but none worked.

Just to see if anything would work

[LaunchApps]

cmd.exe

[LaunchApps]

%systemroot%\System32\Startnet.cmd

if forgot the "comma" in the first post, but I did try it like this

[LaunchApps]

cmd.exe, /c %systemroot%\System32\Startnet.cmd

That is the article I used whe I created it, but it doesn't work like the help file or article says.

Any other ideas?

Thanks

Kevin

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I tried the following combinations, but none worked.

Just to see if anything would work

[LaunchApps]

cmd.exe

[LaunchApps]

%systemroot%\System32\Startnet.cmd

if forgot the "comma" in the first post, but I did try it like this

[LaunchApps]

cmd.exe, /c %systemroot%\System32\Startnet.cmd

That is the article I used whe I created it, but it doesn't work like the help file or article says.

Any other ideas?

without looking at my winpeshl.ini, maybe this is worth a try?

[LaunchApps]cmd.exe, "/c %systemroot%\System32\Startnet.cmd"

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Bummer none of those options worked.

Don't know why - no errors or anything.

Nothing I put in LaunchApps section gets run, with or without options, or quotes, or spaces, or anything.

Well im stuck with the startnet.cmd window as my shell for now,

I just put a big "echo" banner in it saying DONT CLOSE IT

LOL...

If anyone else has run into this and figured out a way to get it to work let me know.

I am using the following:

WAIK 1.1

VMWare Workstation 6.x to test in

Running on a Vista (no sp1) host

Thanks!

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hm, just try enclosing the whole commandline in quotes. It dawns to me that the documentation wasnt really close to reality.

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Wait, I am confused here. Are you saying that your startnet.cmd doesn't automatically launch when you boot the PE? If so it sounds like you skipped a step! The default PE setup doesn't even use the winpeshl.ini and the startnet.cmd opens by itself.

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Wait, I am confused here. Are you saying that your startnet.cmd doesn't automatically launch when you boot the PE? If so it sounds like you skipped a step! The default PE setup doesn't even use the winpeshl.ini and the startnet.cmd opens by itself.

Tripedacus, thanks for looking at this post.

No that is not what I am saying. Startnet.cmd launches perfectly all by itself. However following Microsoft's instructions for launching a "custom shell" or "custom apps" etc. It says to use the winpeshl.ini file, the LaunchApp with the AppPath = %systemdrive%\myshell.exe - etc.

Then you are supposed to be able to uset the LaunchApps section to launch other applications after your shell starts.

I followed the directions below using BSExplore as my shell, but it still didn't work:

Winpeshl.ini FilesWinpeshl.ini controls whether a customized shell is loaded in Windows PE instead of the default Command Prompt window. To load a customized shell, create a file named Winpeshl.ini and place it in %SYSTEMROOT%\System32 of your customized Windows PE image. The .ini file must have the following section and entry.

[LaunchApp]

AppPath = %SYSTEMDRIVE%\myshell.exe

[LaunchApps]

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\mydir\application1.exe, -option1 -option2

application2.exe, -option1 -option2

Set the AppPath entry to the path to your shell application. The path can be either fully qualified, or you can use environment variables, such as %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\Myshell.exe. The AppPath entry does not support command-line options.

Use the [LaunchApps] section to run applications with command-line options. The applications run in the order listed; separate the name of the application from its options with a comma.

When you exit the Command Prompt window or your customized shell application, Windows PE restarts.

This way I wouldn't have the "command prompt" as my shell. I know it is just a cosmetic change (the shell), but I just thought it sounded like a better way to do it.

Thanks!

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Yes, It does indeed seem like a better way, but I like having the command prompt there. If you put your custom app in the startnet.cmd, it will open on top of the command prompt. So if your app is full-screen you won't see the CMD anyways. But you can still get to it if you alt+tab there.

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If your looking for a cleaner way of launching multiple programs I suggest doing it a different way. Create an xml file with your applications you want to run, save it in system32 and edit your Startnet.cmd

In Startnet.cmd: wpeinit.exe /Unattend=X:\Windows\System32\wpeinit.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">  <settings pass="windowsPE">    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">	<EnableNetwork>true</EnableNetwork>	<EnableFirewall>true</EnableFirewall>    </component><RunSynchronous>   <!-- First synchronous command to execute -->   <RunSynchronousCommand>      <Order>1</Order>      <Path>\\MyNetworkShare\MyApplication.exe</Path>      <Description>DescriptionOfMyApplication</Description>      <Credentials>         <Domain>FabrikamDomain</Domain>         <UserName>MyUserName</UserName>         <Password>MyPassword</Password>      </Credentials>   </RunSynchronousCommand><!-- Second synchronous command to execute -->   <RunSynchronousCommand>      <Order>2</Order>      <Path>C:\AnotherApplication.exe</Path>      <Description>DescriptionOfMyApplication</Description>   </RunSynchronousCommand></RunSynchronous>  </settings></unattend>

For the documentation on this go to your Windows AIK Documentation directory: C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Docs\CHMs\Unattended.chm

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I cannot get LaunchApps work in winpeshl.ini, except the AppPath=... shell line, all other lines are unable to run, doesn't matter it's startnet.cmd, x:\windows\system32\startnet.cmd, or %systemdrive%\startnet.cmd

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Hello,

I found a solution which allows to launch many applications from winpeshl.ini. From what I have observed, it seems you cannot use both [LaunchApp] and [LaunchApps] sections together. So if you have many applications to launch just use [LaunchApps] and put your shell in the last position. Here is my winpeshl.ini file which works fine :

[LaunchApps]

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\system32\startnet.cmd

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.exe, "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.bgi /timer:0 /accepteula"

Be careful, the syntax of the commands is a bit tricky in case there are arguments. There MUST be a comma after the command itself and, in case there multiple arguments, all the arguments MUST be enclosed between double quotes (see bginfo line in the previous example).

Edited by phgddr
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Hello,

I found a solution which allows to launch many applications from winpeshl.ini. From what I have observed, it seems you cannot use both [LaunchApp] and [LaunchApps] sections together. So if you have many applications to launch just use [LaunchApps] and put your shell in the last position. Here is my winpeshl.ini file which works fine :

[LaunchApps]

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\system32\startnet.cmd

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.exe, "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.bgi /timer:0 /accepteula"

Be careful, the syntax of the commands is a bit tricky in case there are arguments. There MUST be a comma after the command itself and, in case there multiple arguments, all the arguments MUST be enclosed between double quotes (see bginfo line in the previous example).

Edited by phgddr
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Hello,

I found a solution which allows to launch many applications from winpeshl.ini. From what I have observed, it seems you cannot use both [LaunchApp] and [LaunchApps] sections together. So if you have many applications to launch just use [LaunchApps] and put your shell in the last position. Here is my winpeshl.ini file which works fine :

[LaunchApps]

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\system32\startnet.cmd

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.exe, "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.bgi /timer:0 /accepteula"

Be careful, the syntax of the commands is a bit tricky in case there are arguments. There MUST be a comma after the command itself and, in case there multiple arguments, all the arguments MUST be enclosed between double quotes (see bginfo line in the previous example).

Why not include the 2nd and 3rd in STARTNET.CMD to avoid the unlovely comma & quotes?

Edited by Schiiwa
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The big difference between the two options is that if you use winpeshl.ini, you don't get the command prompt. This is a much better option if you don't want the end-user to have access to the prompt, say if you were making a recovery partition.

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The big difference between the two options is that if you use winpeshl.ini, you don't get the command prompt. This is a much better option if you don't want the end-user to have access to the prompt, say if you were making a recovery partition.

U didn't understand what i try to say. I related to the previous post #14

That was in my mind:

Make a Winpeshl.ini:

[LaunchApps]%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\system32\startnet.cmd

And a startnet.cmd

REM wpeinit%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.exe %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\bginfo.bgi /timer:0 /accepteula%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Programs\nu2menu\nu2menu.exeX:\sources\recovery\recenv.exe

BUT:

As expected the cmd-windows stays behind the shell until reboot, or if it will be closed, reboot is the consequence

I will try to run my Commands from [LaunchApps] now to avoid the CMD in background

rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %SystemDrive%\windows\system32\drivers\wimfltr.infNet start wimfltr

According to phgddr's post #13, it should look like this:

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe, "setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %SYSTEMDRIVE%\windows\system32\drivers\wimfltr.inf"%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\System32\net.exe, "start wimfltr"%SYSTEMDRIVE%\sources\recovery\recenv.exe

works great..... big thanks to phgddr

Edited by Schiiwa
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